Religion and American Law: An Encyclopedia

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Bibliographic Details

Title: Religion and American Law: An Encyclopedia
ISBN: 9780815307501
LC Classification: KF4783.A68 R45
Editor: Finkelman, Paul
Publisher: Routledge
Editor: Finkelman, Paul
Location: New York
Subjects: Reference, Constitutional, Sociology of Religion, Church and state, Freedom of religion, Religion and law,
Sociology of Religion, United States, Law-Legal Guides, Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Edition Description: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series: Garland Reference Library of the Humanities
Series Volume: vol. 1548
Publication Date: 1999-11-31
Language: English
Pages: 624

Religion and American Law: An Encyclopedia Reviews

Includes articles and numerous references to the United States First Amendment, the Flag Salute
Cases, freedom of religion, the Establishment of Religion Clause, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.

Publisher Comments

The First Encyclopedia Available On The Subject Of Religion And American Law. The interplay of religion and law has long been a major political and social issue in the United States. From the Salem Witch Trials to the current debate over school vouchers, court rulings have had a profound effect on people’s lives. Now, a new encyclopedia provides detailed entries on all of the major Supreme Court decisions dealing with church and state, topical and theoretical essays relating to the issue, and cogent biographies of those Justices whose decisions have achieved landmark status in the debate.
Comprehensive In Coverage And Scope
Encompassing cases from the colonial period to the Supreme Court’s important decisions in 1997, this pioneering volume is written in a clear, concise style that will be useful to professionals and specialists and accessible by students. With contributions by leading scholars in the field, this encyclopedia will benefit all reference libraries, students of law and religion, and anyone working in the field of church and state.


From Book News, Inc.: Entries include discussions of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with church and state, such as Sherbert v. Verner (1963) (though Yoder v. Wisconsin is noticeably absent); topical essays, such as church property after the American Revolution, atheism, flag salute cases, Jefferson and religion, Sunday mails, civil religion, and the trial of Anne Hutchinson; and biographies of Justices whose decisions have become landmarks in the debate.

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